A Kolkata resident with a recent travel history to the United Kingdom has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, making it the second confirmed case in West Bengal, an official said on Friday.
The man returned from the UK on March 13 and was admitted to the Beliaghata ID Hospital in the city on March 19 with symptoms of COVID-19, the state government official said. Follow LIVE UPDATES on coronavirus outbreak
The swabs of the patient were collected and the reports received from the National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases confirmed that the man contracted the deadly virus, according to the official.
The man is in his early 20s and a resident of Ballygunge area.
The coronavirus cases in India rose to 195 on Friday after 22 fresh cases were reported from various parts of the country, according to the Union Health Ministry data.
7 ADMITTED TO ISOLATION WARD
Seven people, some of whom had recently arrived from abroad, were on Thursday admitted to the isolation ward of Beliaghata ID hospital with coronavirus-like symptoms, a senior official of the health department said.
Two of them had travelled to Italy and reportedly came in touch with a coronavirus patient, the official said, adding that the third person is Liberian national.
The swabs of all seven people have been collected but till late Thursday night, the state health department did not upload the day’s bulletin about their medical test results.
Calls to senior officials of the health department in this regard also went unanswered.
Meanwhile, two people, who worked as household help at the residence of the first coronavirus patient in the state have tested negative for the same, officials at the West Bengal health government said.
On Thursday, seven other people were discharged from the Beliaghata ID hospital after they tested negative for coronavirus.
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